When Our National Approach to Henhouse Safety Is “Trust the Fox.”
It is time for the President to stop using ‘White Supremacy’ as if it is something more than the racism we face on a daily basis.
During his first joint address to Congress Wednesday night, President Joe Biden got it wrong; again:
“We have to remain vigilant against the threats to the United States wherever they come from. . . . And we won’t ignore what our intelligence agencies have determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today: White Supremacy is terrorism.”
Part I of TNSWA series. Racism is not mine, it’s yours, and it’s not called “help” when it’s your mess we’re cleaning.
I never use the term “White Ally” when I talk with family and friends. That’s because I detest it. A little twang of dissonance echoes every time it comes my way. My rage is not directed at the name, but its attending mentality. And the sobriquet itself implicates one of the most insidious sleights-of-hand in mankind’s history.
Let’s dispense with theory and cut to the truth — it is not “police can’t,” it is “their supervisors refuse.”
↞LAST ∺ ∺∺∺∺WE ARE LOOKING THE WRONG WAY∺∺∺∺∺ NEXT↠
“Mr. George Floyd’s tragic death was not due to a lack of training — the training was there.” ~Testimony of Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arrandondo.
“And that, my friends, is when 2021 whispered ‘let’m fuck around and find out, then.’”
“Good” police chiefs are *really* working me.
“If there were one solitary voice, it would have intervened and acted.” ~Minneapolis Police Chief (“MPD”) Medaria Arradondo. He is discussing the heartbreak that George stood alone, as if Derek Chauvin was bad apple unknown.
I mean, sure, I get where you’re going with this: the Chauvin’s of the world have latent spoliation but gleam bright and green on the outside. But, ummm, this isn’t Krogers, dude. On top of that, you have a katrillion apple watchers: if the apple gets past them, why do they still have jobs?
“The kicker here is…
That they will never answer questions about racism works since I never bring the subject up. Don't have to - I'm not trying to cure racism. Nor need I, to end disparate policing.
When you fire sergeants and lieutenants and captains and majors and deputies and chiefs for failing to police equally, do you care WHY they do or WHAT they do? It's not that hard to solve MY problem - disparate policing. It's up to them to solve their own - racist thinking.
Remember, you want a culture change in policing, you go after the culture MAKERS. …
An ongoing list of a diminished brand of Americanism.
Let me introduce you to my media feed, from March 19, 2021 to date. It is a daily reminder of how many police view the people under non-White skin.
I’ll update this list while I write and promote the ≅FIX OR FIRE SERIES: Changing the Police Culture by Making Departments Fire sergeants, Lieutenants, Captains, Majors, Deputies and Chiefs Putting Defective Agents in Our Neighborhoods, Homes and Businesses.
Chauvin is the manifestation of a problem WE CAN FIX. Bump fists and keep it moving.
Derek Chauvin is not the problem. Derek Chauvin is how the problem presents.
I celebrate that Chauvin got his just due. But what mutes my celebration is the knowing what we will do with that as a nation: see convicting the manifestation (Chauvin) of the problem as evidence we have made progress on the problem (American policing). …
No more doing it the other way around.
Here are fast and simple things you can do without ever leaving your chair.
ONE: LEARN TO SPOT THE MISDIRECTION.
Before we can do anything, we have to re-map our thinking:
It is time to choose. We are done allowing police departments to pass their liability on to us.
AMERICAN POLICING HAS LEFT THE BUILDING AND THE RESPONSIBILITY IS YOURS ALONE.
Private Counsel. Former DOJ-CRT, Special Litigation Section, Public Defender; Adjunct Professor (law & undergrad). Developed Race & Law course.